Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- August 2020

Notice of AGM


This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday 24 September at 5:30pm.

To attend please register at: to receive the link to join the AGM.

Japanese House in New Farm - Event

Japanese House in New Farm - Event
22nd August 2020

The New Farm and Districts Historical Society will be hosting an event on 22nd August 2020, presented by Jill Barker, who will share information about the Japanese House in New Farm.

This remarkable residence was pre-fabricated in Japan in 1886 and re-erected in New Farm. This innovative architectural arrival, which was named Yeddo, was positioned on a sloping …

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Deferment of AJS-Q Annual Membership Fees Until 31 October 2020

On behalf of the Management Committee of the AJS-Q I would like to thank members for their support of the Society, particularly during the recent COVID19 pandemic when a number of activities and events have had to be postponed or moved to an online format.

The Committee is aware that some of our members may be experiencing difficulties in these challenging times and would like to offer some relief by deferring the payment of Annual Membership Fees.

Renewal of AJS-Q Annual Membership fees for 2020/21 will be deferred until 31 October 2020.

The deferral will also apply to any new members who join the Society. We hope this will provide some relief and assist members during these difficult times.
Members of the Management Committee are planning some great events to celebrate when we can finally all meet and network face to face. Until then, please continue to join the Society's online events and activities and stay informed via the monthly enewsletter, website and Facebook.
Margaret Rackemann | President | AJS-Q

Event Report - Japan Careers Seminar - 13 August

Event Report - Japan Careers Seminar - 13 August
As a result of restrictions caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the AJS held a Virtual Japan Careers Seminar for the first time.

It was a very successful event with 92% of the attendees either registering that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied.

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JETAA & AJS-Q Online Quiz Night -  via Zoom

JETAA & AJS-Q Online Quiz Night -  via Zoom
Thursday 17 September

Members and friends of the AJS-Q and JETAA are invited to join from the comfort of your homes - drinks and nibbles in hand - our first Online Quiz Night.

Players will be allocated into teams on the night before being tested on a range of current affairs and Japan-related questions by JETAA’s quizmasters, Keith and Ken Parker.

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Registration is essential

Please RSVP and register by 5:00pm Wednesday 16 September at to receive confirmation and the link to join the event.

Japanese Senior Citizens' ‘Second Life’ - Inspired Ageing

Japanese Senior Citizens' ‘Second Life’ - Inspired Ageing
Over recent years I have observed and reflected on the changing lifestyle of senior citizens in Japan. 

It is well known that Japan has both a rapidly ageing population and some of the highest life expectancy rates in the world.

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Japan Holidays Virtual Classes & Tours

Japan Holidays Virtual Classes & Tours
Dreaming of travelling to Japan but your plans have been put on hold because of Covid19?

Following the successful launch of virtual cooking classes on August 14th, AJS Corporate Member, Japan Holidays ,has now planned more classes for the coming months.

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Assistance for International Students

Assistance for International Students
Though Queensland is now on the road back from the COVID-19 outbreak, international students in Queensland are still in great need of various support services, including food and housing needs.

On April 22, the Queensland (QLD) Government announced the establishment of an online consultation service as part of its efforts to assist international students who are unable to return home.

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Kobe’s Kitano Ijinkan-Gai 

Kobe’s Kitano Ijinkan-Gai 
Each month throughout 2020 the AJS-Q is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Brisbane Kobe Sister City relationship by highlighting aspects of Kobe.

This month we are looking at Kobe’s Kitano Ijinkan-Gai

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Food Bank for International Students

Food Bank for International Students
TAFE Qld has launched a food bank to assist international students affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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AJS Japanese Study Group | now moved online!

AJS Japanese Study Group | now moved online!
From March 2020, the person-to-person gatherings for the Group were cancelled.

The group now uses an online conference call facility to maintain the regular Thu afternoon Study Group sessions.

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Chancellor: His Excellency, The Governor of Queensland
Co-Patrons :
The Hon. The Premier of Queensland,
The Consul-General of Japan, Queensland


Ms Margaret Rackemann - President
Mr Andrew Hay - Immediate Past President
Mr Yuki Nishiyama - Vice President
Ms Julie Yamamoto - Vice President
Ms Taeko Matsunaga - Secretary
Mr Steve Abbott - Honorary Treasurer
Ms Tomomi Iwasaki - Assistant Treasurer
Mr Ross McConachie - Past President
Mr Ross Humphreys - Past President
Mr Mark Bulley- Webmaster
Ms Shoko Arakawa
Dr Taeko Imura
Ms Gladys Busch
Mr Takeshi Takada
Mr Kohei Tamura
Mr Andrew Carter
Ms Nicole Patterson